We all know Newtown is a Sydney dining and drinking hot spot. With so much choice, how do you find the gems? We will help you, with this blog post. The place is called Flour Drum, an ecclectic cafè restaurant toward the St Peters end of King street in the mix with some cool boutiques and op shops. A great place to visit to kill a few hours browsing. But you will need some pre, or post browsing sustanance or even a caffeine kick, and Flour Drum is the place to get it.
Newtown is a little different, in a good way and Flour Drum oozes Newtown. A deceptively large dining space, with street side seating as well a two rooms with plenty of seating for dining in. The cafe is uniquely decorated with to a retro Australiana theme, quirky, yet cool.
As you walk past you will be taken in by the sweets displayed in the window, as well as the coat of arms in the form of a Kangaroo and emu statue. This shows that the cafè will not take a backward step. This is also reflected in their progressive cusine including some crazy good versions of an Aussie favourite: the lamington. The 10 layered blackforrest lamington is a must, but be warned – you will need someone to share it with or you will need a few sittings to finish it.
We were visiting with the FCBA crew including Cecelia, famishedduo, pa7ricko and bill.desu. We had a great late lunch that rolled into afternoon tea. I loved the menu scribed on the wall where we were seated.
To start we shared the lentil and zucchini fritters, served with an asian style slaw. The texture and flavour was spot on, so light and fluffy.
The emperors omelette was also very nice, again with an asian influence, including Japanese and Thai. An open omelette with different flavour combinations that strangely worked, black rice, sake, dried mango, zucchini, sesame seeds, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs and Thai onion crisps. An omelette fit for an Emperor.
A favourite was the house made dumplings with bbq duck, water chesnut, garlic chives and dried wild forrest mushrooms, blitzed to create a flavoursome ravioli style filling with a smooth texture. This served with some fresh egg noodles served in a flavoursome duck and porcini mushroom broth that had done some time.
Then we were onto the sweets that flour drum are famous for: including the aforementioned 10 layer black forest lamington, a tower of decadance, that was not overly sweet. The apple cake, even better than it looked. The sticky date pudding; always a good option. The rocky road another spectacular sweet, perfect to wash down with a coffee or dirty chai.
Thanks to FCBA for having another memorable event, as alway it is always good to meet fellow passionate foodies. An even bigger thanks to Vic and the friendly crew at Flour Drum for their hospitality. A very enjoyable cafè, loved the decor, the food and the service.